Bogdan Raczynski

Ibiza Anthems, Vol. 4

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Lunacy and menace make strange bedfellows, but Bogdan Raczynski finds a way to hold it together on this EP from the exciting Rephlex label. In it's own way, this is a landmark release for Raczynski, who actually has titles for his tracks this time around, plus a little more room for keyboard melodies than his previous albums, Boku Mo Wakaran and Samurai Math Beats. The pace of this EP stays true to form, refusing to provide a groove slow enough for people to actually dance to. Instead it's onto the upright chair for an adrenaline shot to the cerebral cortex to further cement the "braindance" genre of electronica. Track three, "Death to the Natives," is an excellent piece; its menacing layers of drum'n'bass matched evenly with synthesizer chord clusters that rise, fall, and rise again. One gets the feeling that, to his credit, Bogdan is changing things up just enough to establish and maintain mood in his work -- an element that barely makes an appearance on his aforementioned releases. This newfound accessibility is further illustrated by lyrics and vocals, whispered mostly in English rather than his trademark Japanese soundbytes. All this being said, Raczynski's impatience still gets the better of him several times on this disc; it's just that his efforts are becoming more rewarding.

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